Thursday, October 25, 2012


Sometimes, when the going gets tough for my children, when long school days stretch ahead without a break, daily sports bring sudden injuries, when test results go wrong, way off the hoped for mark, when student jobs are lost or hopes for them are shuttered, then they need a little extra tender care
Reminders that they are loved and cherished, no matter the grade, the mood, the loss.
An extra hug, a phone call, a little boost, a foot rub, a funny text message, a small gift: Something to cheer them up! We all need cheering up...
I find the mornings in our family the most relaxed time during the day. We get up early to sit down around the table for a real breakfast, cereal, coffee, smoothies, freshly baked rolls, eggs any style...(To be sure: I am not a super mom, I just plan ahead) We chat and joke. To get my children off to another day, happy, smiling, and most of all ready to tackle yet again the challenges of the day (which make them sometimes want to hide), this is my goal every day.
This morning was such and I cheered them up with this:

 Our son asked, can I really eat from this? (He is the mass cereal killer....)
And our daughter mentioned framing it.... It's a quote from one of her most beloved stories.

Engraved spoons from here

Laughter and relaxed happiness were the hoped for results. Off they went, smiling and energized!

Wishing you all a day to smile about!
(And you can spoil someone any time, no injury required....)

Images by V.Zlotkowski


  1. Call me spoiled rotten.....I do think that the niceties in life can lift one's spirits and keep them going. You are a wonderful Mother, Wife, and friend.
    How lucky and blessed are we to have your love and attention.
    Those spoons and the words are endearing.

    1. I will put my arms around you in a big thank you hug, later....xoxo

  2. Hello Victoria:
    What a jolly post this is, guaranteed surely to lift the mood on a cold and dismal day such as the ones that now seem to be creeping up on us.

    The engraved spoons are such a fun idea to brighten up breakfast. We can so well imagine the scene around the kitchen table and are certain that the rest of the day would surely float by on the love that must have been generated on seeing them!Love does make the world go round we think!

    1. Jane and Lance, don't you think these are the moments, when the wish to make others happy, is only exceeded by the pleasure we receive from doing it?
      Thank you for your lovely comment!

  3. i think kids really appreciate those things especially when things arent necessarily going well. they may not know how to express their frustrations or even understand that you understand but when they look back or you look back i think everyone does and understands and appreciates that love. you seem like a mom that takes the time which makes you a super mom....

    1. Thank you, Shellie, no super mom, but always trying to love them as they need it.... ; )

  4. Hello Victoria

    Your home sounds kind, loving and that you all assemble for breakfast is a beautiful tradition. The spoons are so special and I can see how much your children appreciated this unexpected act of love.

    Have a wonderful weekend

    Helen xxx

    1. Dear Helen, thank you for your always so kind words, I hope your week will be creative and fun!


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